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Algonquian Linguistics

Conor McDonough Quinn

in Linguistics

ISBN: 9780199772810
Published online October 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199772810-0049
Algonquian Linguistics

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The traditional and post-European contact range of the Algonquian languages covers an enormous area: roughly centered along most of the Canadian-US border, extending down the Atlantic coast, into the Great Lakes area, and down the Mississippi and even into northern Mexico. The languages themselves are in general conservative in their core grammatical properties, so that specialists often refer to a notional “Algonquian” when speaking of patterns shared across all or most of the family. These include many linguistically noteworthy phenomena, some (e.g., obviation) possibly unique to the family, and others (e.g., polysynthesis, head-marking, nominal tense, verbal shape classifiers) common in North America but with enough distinct properties in realization to make cross-linguistic comparison worthwhile.

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Anthropological Linguistics ; Language Families ; Psycholinguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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